IN-FORM Joe Nally was back on the podium recently as he took an impressive third place in the latest round of the British Cycling National Junior Road Series.

The Charlestown teenager, fresh from winning three gold medals at the Scottish Youth and Junior Track Cycling Championships, remains in contention for a top-10 finish in the standings after recording his latest podium finish.

Hardie Bikes rider Nally, who was also in action at the British Cycling National Youth and Junior Track Championships in Derby last week, finished behind race winner Tom Pidcock and Charlie Quarterman in round seven of the series, which was held across a tough 115 kilometre circuit in Buckinghamshire.

In what was one of the toughest fields competing in the series so far, Nally, together with Charlie Meredith (Giant CC-Halo Films) and Cameron Orr (SRAM Youth Dev), launched an attack on the penultimate lap to create a gap to the chasing pack, which comprised of 15 riders.

That quickly disintegrated to a trio of Pidcock, Quarterman and Dan Coombe but, as the miles counted down, the pace proved too much for Orr as the chase caught up with the leaders.

Nally was firmly in amongst the leading five competitors going for the win as they made for the line but it was Pidcock who popped out of the back of the group, sprinting beyond Nally and Quarterman, to take the victory.

The West Fifer's podium finish means he is 13th out of 76 competitors in the standings with two rounds remaining and has 84 points, five adrift of Quarterman in 10th.

Nally, who is a member of British Cycling's prestigious junior academy, is competing in his first junior road series and had never competed over such distances before the first round in March, which he won in stunning fashion.

He enjoyed further success at the British Cycling National Youth and Junior Track Championships when, following on from his three gold, one silver and one bronze medals won at the Scottish event, he finished fourth in the madison alongside Pidcock.